Pilot of Boeing 777 died in flight.

The news below is from CNN.

Trans-Atlantic passenger jet lands safely after pilot dies

(CNN) — The pilot of Continental Flight 61 died Thursday as the plane flew from Brussels, Belgium, to Newark, New Jersey, the Federal Aviation Administration and Continental Airlines said.

The 60-year-old Newark-based pilot died of “apparently of natural causes” about halfway through the flight, the airline said. He had 32 years of service with Continental, it said.

The pilot’s family identified him to CNN as Craig Lenell.

Pilot Craig Lenell is shown with daughter Jennifer Lenell-Small, a former Continental employee.

The airline said the crew on the flight included an additional relief pilot who took the place of the deceased man, and “the flight continued safely with two pilots at the controls.” The Boeing 777 landed safely at Newark International Airport at 11:49 a.m. ET Thursday, the airline said.

No further details were given.Continental did not release the pilot’s name.

Asked whether the plane’s 247 passengers had been told of the situation, a Continental spokesman said only that the plane had arrived safely.

Passengers told CNN that they were not informed, and that the only indication of a problem was that an announcement for a doctor was made during the flight.

“I haven’t heard anything.” passenger Chris Balchuas, from Houston, Texas, told reporters after the flight. “They just said there was a medical emergency and were there any doctors aboard.”

Another passenger, Dr. Julien Struyzen, said he responded to the request for a doctor and pronounced the pilot dead.


“He was clinically dead when I came in,” Struyzen said. Flight personnel asked him if anything was possible, and he said “it was not.”

He did not give additional details.

Struyzen said all flight personnel were “very professional.”

Balchuas, after being told what had happened, said, “Oh, that’s scary. I didn’t know anything about that.”

He said nothing was unusual about the flight, just that about “four or five fire trucks and a whole bunch of medical emergency teams” met the plane when it landed.

Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, said the FAA told Newark airport officials to have emergency crews standing by for the landing.

The plane landed without any problem, he said, and a medical examiner met the plane to help handle the situation.


Unofficial Bloggers’ Meeting

Last three weeks, at about 8.00 a.m., we went to a foodstall in Subang Jaya and reached at about 8.30 a.m. When we reached there, we met Aunty Emy (Royaltlady) and Tok Cu Bee (La Vie en Rose).

We ordered “Nasi Dagang” except for my eldest sister and my little brother. My eldest sister had “Nasi Minyak” while my little brother had Fried Mee Hoons. Suddenly, Uncle Syed came. Uncle Syed is a pilot with the Malaysian Airlines. My father, my mother, Tok  Cu Bee and Uncle Syed talked non-stop while my eldest sister and Aunty Emy  shared stories together. Then Uncle Syed explained how and why the FedEx plane crashed 2 months ago. {click here for more details of FedEx plane crashed}

Then while my father , my mother, Tok Cu Bee, Aunty Emy and Uncle Syed were talking, my little brother and my little sister were deep in discussion.

Everyone there (except my mother) were bloggers; that’s why I named it a Bloggers’ Meeting. We went home at 11.00 a.m. after about a 2 hours and 30 m inutes meeting. I wish there will be more Bloggers’ Meetings.

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